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David Furlonger

David Furlonger is a VP and Gartner Fellow. Mr. Furlonger works primarily with CEOs, senior business leaders and CIOs. His research focus is as a futurist, analyzing how long-term business and technology trends strategically impact industries and organizations. He also co-leads Gartner’s blockchain Centre of Excellence. His specific research areas include: developing Gartner’s Annual CEO and CIO Surveys, the future of the financial services industry, innovation, digital business and blockchain. He is an accomplished and frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader with extensive international experience. Before joining Gartner, Mr. Furlonger worked in multiple business areas of the banking and investment services industry at Williams and Glyn’s, Baring Brothers and Commerzbank, as well as at Engelhard, an international chemical company. He was also an entrepreneur helping to found, publicly list and sell a software and media business in North America. Mr. Furlonger has more than 36 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Gartner, he acted as an Industry Consultant. He also co-ran a dot-com startup for three years, taking the company through a direct public offering and subsequent acquisition. During this time, Mr. Furlonger was involved in designing and deploying one of the first fully integrated financial portals and live-to-air national television programs. Other roles have included defining management strategy and planning, merger and acquisition activity, market analysis, product development, and project management. During the previous 17 years, Mr. Furlonger held various positions in investment and international banking companies, including management roles in proprietary trading and risk management, institutional sales and trading, data modeling, financial engineering, and quantitative analysis, as well as system design and selection. In addition, he was the Deputy European Treasurer of a U.S. multinational chemical and precious metal company and participated in the early adoption and deployment of corporate treasury systems.

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